Travel: Queen Elizabeth Park

Today I bring you photos from my day spent at the lovely Queen Elizabeth Park here in Vancouver. It is a huge green park, full of trees, flowers and grassy areas, which it’s pretty much the definition of heaven from someone coming from the arid Sonoran desert.

Inside the park you can find the Bloedel Conservatory, a dome full of lively flora and birds. It is located on the highest point of the park, so right outside the conservatory you have a fantastic view of the city. And speaking of views, the aptly named Seasons in the Park restaurant also has wonderful views (since it’s situated really close to the conservatory), which you can enjoy sitting on their deck, sipping a mimosa and nibbling on some yummy food… and that’s exactly what I did!

Of course as you can imagine, being the paradisaical site that this park is, you can also find countless families gathered to share delightful picnics and maybe even an improvised soccer game.

So there you have it, another marvelous sight to see if you ever find yourselves in Vancouver. Wishing you guys a superb week!

P.S. I just recently (and finally!!) started using my Canon EOS 60D camera, so I have a long way to go with photography, but how are you liking the photos?

Thrifted Treasures

You know I love me some thrifted treasures every once in a while, and yesterday I scored a couple of them at a local Salvation Army store in North Vancouver. They are both bags, one being a cute little lady-like purse, and the other one a very 90’s small leather backpack. They were really lucky finds at $5 dollars each, and I’m so happy with them, I couldn’t wait to share them with you. So here I leave you with the photos. Stay tuned to find out how I’ll be styling them in future outfits.

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Travel: Endless Summer Days

I’m alive!! Just in case you were wondering due to my recent lack of blogging (of course if you follow me on Facebook, Instagram and/or Twitter, you are well aware of my latest whereabouts). In fact, I’m not only alive with a pulse, I feel more alive than ever! It’s funny how doing something you’re passionate about takes you from merely existing to actually, fully, blissfully living. The passion of mine that has been giving me this wonderful feeling lately is traveling.

I’ve been in Vancouver for 10 days already (whoa, time flies!) and I’ve been falling deeper and deeper in love with it by the minute. The scenery, the friendliness, the weather… oh, the weather! If you’ve ever been in Arizona, or any desert for that matter, during the summer, you’d surely understand my elation at the fact that the highest average temperature in Vancouver right now is around 73˚F/20˚C.

One thing that had been throwing me slightly off when I first arrived though, was the fact that the sun was setting pass 9:30 P.M., something I definitely wasn’t used to. I mean I’ve heard about endless summer days before, but I had never experienced that expression as close to its literal meaning as now. Not that I’m complaining, it is actually quite nice to have even more time to go out and explore. Although, I gotta say if something I’ve found disappointing during my explorations in this lovely city is the fact that most businesses (except restaurants but definitely including tourist attractions) close around  6 or 7 P.M. What’s that about Vancouver?! Anyway, I’ll let it slide just because I love it here so much.

Of course I have some photos to share with you guys today, and these are from my trip this past weekend to Granville Island. I’m glad I get to bring you virtually along with me on my travels thanks to the blog, but if you ever find yourself in Vancouver doing some exploring of your own, Granville Island is a must-see for sure. It is a small island, kind of in the middle of the city, full of mostly shops and eateries, but there’s also a Theatre Company and the Emily Carr University. However the main attraction, no doubt about it, is the Granville Island Public Market.

Hundreds of vendors gathered inside the market everyday to make this site quite an experience for all the senses. You can find from fresh produce and fish to an Italian grocer, a Mexican restaurant, a pastries stand, as well as a number of artisan products like hand-painted ceramic, one-of-a-kind jewelry or finely crafted leather satchels, to name a few.

I don’t know about you but I love markets. Maybe it’s because I’m from Mexico, where the “mercados” are very common and popular, but I find incomporable charm in the public markets. They are full of life and colors, smells and flavors. I could walk thru them for hours, exploring every stand and delighted in some wonderful people-watching. Of course, I also love enjoying the yummy food they have to offer. So chances are I’ll be paying this little island another visit before I leave.

Since no amount of words could ever do justice to the wonders of this experience, I’ll just let the photos do the rest of the talking.

Hope your summer is going as wonderful as mine!



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